The Summer Abroad a novel

A Draught of München: Chapter Excerpt from The Summer Abroad

Big-breasted women, five steins a hand, and charming men in green, short-short overalls stuffed each other’s mouths with bratwurst and beer till they couldn’t rock no more. Bavaria. Its capital: München. Things played out a little differently there for the boys and me, who had gotten used to the exaggerations […]

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The Summer Abroad a novel

An interview: with the Lord of the Pismire, Rick

“Rick was a bro, a gentleman seen few and far between, of a caliber unknown to the race of man, the headless baton twirler in a parade called Life, a backpacker extraordinaire, a counter-demon and Lord of the Pismire. Rick Callaghan.” (The Summer Abroad, Part III, Chapter 8.)   Thus […]

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Airport Birds

It came to my attention that I should focus on deepening my characters. As it goes, things should actually happen in a story. Funny, because I have known for a while that my personages spend a lot of time thinking. What’s wrong with thinking. That some people don’t want to […]

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Groznyy / Грозный (Ivan Murders Ivan)

The 1885 painting “Ivan the Terrible Killing His Son,” by Ilya Repin, was damaged when a man attacked it with a pole at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.  — NEW YORK TIMES   The news, the news…   This week I have been editing a collection of short stories, with […]

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A Love Letter

CLICK HERE for PDF of “Between Arabia and India is Georgia” (A Love Letter)   We all have our treasures.   The 12th century Georgian poet, Shota Rustaveli, wrote what became, and to this day still is, the crown jewel of a people’s national literature: a medieval epic romance, about […]

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Mario Levrero — 8 August 23:42

marioLEVRERO_8august2342_ivanBRAVE   Have you been keeping track of the date and time? This tread to write multiple entries per day will become rare as the diary unfolds. It would seem Levrero awoke to much entusiasm, as he says, and gradually slowed down his production–thankfully, not at the cost of his […]

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Asesino (Assassin)

(Art by George Fredric Watts, Hope, 1886)   Click here for PDF of Asesino. Asesino is a story inspired by the dream a friend, Diego Sebastian Figueredo, told at a milonga about a year ago.   It begins with an epigraph borrowed from Thomas De Quincey’s On Murder as Considered […]

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Mario Levrero — 8 August 16:54

marioLEVRERO_8august1654_ivanBRAVE   As one reads these entries, its easy to forget that they were first written by hand. What we read, then, is highly edited by Levrero as he transcribe his words into Word processor. So, when he introduces a character, and interweaves continuations of other characters, there is a […]

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“The Story of a Gypsy Dancer”

(Art work found on Sufi Friends, and Negarkhaneh.)   Click here for a PDF   At Slice’s Literary conference last September, I attend a panel titled (something like) “How to Write When Finding Time is Impossible.” Middle of the afternoon, after having taught a class earlier that morning, I began […]

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La Albiceleste — part(e) 4

ivanBRAVE_La Albiceleste4_2000   “My family and I moved back to our country, so my parents could finalize their divorce. And everyone blames someone else for it, except me. I blame myself.”

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Mario Levrero — 5 August 22:28

marioLEVRERO_5august2228_ivanBRAVE   D’Arienzo was one of the foremost tango conductors/composers of the last century.   Here is a clip at his best: (notice the strength of the down beat, BUM BUM BUM)

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